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Competition for Student Cook of the Year 2016 launched

Chef finishing her salad in culinary class

Are you the type of student who can cook a three course meal rather than heating a tin of beans? Today’s student is more health conscious than ever and more creative with the very limited budget they are often faced with.

To celebrate the UK’s skilled, culinary undergraduates, LoSalt has launched its first ever ‘Student Cook of the Year’ competition and entries are now open.

Until the 26th December 2016, students can enter by posting a picture on Twitter or Instagram of a dish they have created, along with its name and the hashtag #LoSaltStudentCook or #LoSaltSCOTY. Entries will be judged on how healthy the dish looks and sounds.  Alternatively entries can be posted directly to the LoSalt Student Cook of the Year website.

“We’re keen to promote healthy eating and cooking habits across the generations,” says Caroline Klinge, Marketing Director of LoSalt, “I went to Leeds University and regularly cooked nutritious meals for friends. Recipes like tomato, mozzarella and basil pasta bake are delicious and won’t break the bank.”

“By cooking from scratch, introducing colourful, fresh fruit and vegetables and using a healthier salt in their diet, every student can take a major step towards a healthier lifestyle and that’s beneficial for life.”

Those shortlisted will be set a challenge to create a delicious and healthy meal for four on a budget. Five lucky finalists will then be chosen to attend a ‘cook-off’ in London where they will cook against the clock and each other, preparing and making a set dish in front of a prestigious judging panel.

This year’s judges include the founder of Olive magazine and ex-BBC Good Food editor Orlando Murrin, celebrity student chef Sam Stern, ASDA’s innovative chef Mark Richmond and Fiona Beckett at The Guardian, with the winner being crowned ‘Student Cook of the Year’ and winning £1,000 of grocery vouchers!

Entrants can be of any age but must be currently studying at a UK university and have no professional cooking experience.

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